Satoyama Homestead 里山  

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Gardening outside the lines.

Satoyama Homestead gives public agricultural, horticultural, and related educational events to the community without charging admission.  Instead, we prefer that you return the gift in-kind with useful materials or light labor, commit to membership in our community, or give freely of your resources.  Find out more about supporting Satoyama.
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Season
 Event
Details
Spring, Summer
Sat. 4/1/17
(rain date 4/2)
1-3pm
Put Down Roots Seedling & Transplant Care Workshop
Treat your seedlings and transplants with tender loving care and they'll express their gratitude with produce all season long.  This workshop will cover seedling transplant preparation, transplant selection, site selection, site preparation, transplant handling, planting, watering, and aftercare.  Get ready to put down roots!
2 hrs; afternoon or evening

Suggested in-kind donations:  Healthy vegetable plants; soil and soil amendments; compostables; seed starting flats or germination mini-greenhouses

or

Suggested voluntary donation: $10
Summer, Fall
Sat. 5/20/17
(rain date 5/21)
1-3pm
Hive Mind Apiculture and Pollinator Garden Tour
What's the buzz about bees?  Find out about bees and apiculture and the significance of pollinators to any garden, and to our food chain.  Learn from Satoyama Homestead's resident apiculturist what you can plant to help our fuzzy friends, and why bees knees really are that great.
2 hrs; afternoon

Suggested in-kind donations: Healthy, pollinator-friendly plants or seeds; light labor (weeding, planting)

or

Suggested voluntary donation: $15
Spring,
Summer,
Fall
Sat. 7/15/17
(rain date 7/16)
1-3pm
Compost in the Cupboard Workshop
Build your own take-home worm farm in a 3-gallon tote while learning the basics of composting in containers, pens and 'in situ' as a lasagna garden.  Learn about the importance of balancing green/wet and brown/dry ingredients, heat, and air, worm care techniques, and why gardening is really all about the dirt.  Waste not, want not!
2 hrs; afternoon

Suggested in-kind donations: Compostables; light labor (sheet composting)

or

Suggested voluntary donation: $15
Summer, Fall
Sat. 8/12/17
(rain date 8/13)
1-3pm
Observe & Interact: Introduction to IPM
Integrated pest management (IPM) is a holistic, proactive approach to supporting ecosystem health while minimizing negative impacts.  Learn to implement the permaculture principle Observe & Interact to improve the health of your garden ecosystem.  Emphasis will be on garden planning and care for pest prevention and 'soft' alternatives to 'harsh' pesticides. Pesticide label warnings and safety will be introduced.
 2 hrs; afternoon

Suggested in-kind donations: Compostables; light labor (weeding, turf management)

or

Suggested voluntary donation: $10
 Year-round
Make-It-Rain Barrel Assembly Workshop
Assemble a rain barrel from repurposed materials for your very own!  Use off-the-grid aqua to water your garden plants and clean your hand tools.
 2 hrs

Material fee applies.

Suggested in-kind donations:  White or apple cider vinegar; newspaper; light labor (seasonal garden watering)

or

Suggested voluntary donation:
$30
Winter
Veg Out Biointensive Garden Planning Session
Planting vegetables in rows is so 20th century!  In this session, we'll learn about biointensive and companion planting garden layouts and the long history of cultivating plants in flora communities.  We'll discuss the benefits of biointensive and companion planting, and you'll leave with a garden plan that leverages the strengths and compensates for the weaknesses of your vegetable plants.
2 hrs; morning, afternoon or evening

Suggested in-kind donations:  Books covering biointensive or companion planting gardening; paper; pencils, colored pencils, or crayons

or

Suggested voluntary donation: $15
 Winter
Seed Catalog Shopping Spree
The vegetable gardening year begins in late winter with the ritual enjoyment of selecting plants from a seed catalogBring your favorite catalogs to share as we ooh and ahh over images of the future food we'll grow and select seeds for the garden!  Get advice on what works best from experienced local gardeners, and get primed for planning your biointensive garden of companion and succession plantings.  It's never too early to think spring!
1.5 hrs; morning, afternoon, or evening

Suggested in-kind donations: Healthy left-over or saved seeds; seed catalogs; small envelopes

or

Suggested voluntary donation: $10
Winter,
Spring
Ready, Set, Grow! Vegetable Seed Starting Workshop
Learn how to make your own soil-free mix, repurpose egg cartons for seed-starting, and how chamomile tea can help your seedlings thrive.  Leave with a small flat of sewn seeds.  Get your gardening fix and green-thumb your nose at Old Man Winter!
2 hrs; morning or afternoon

Suggested in-kind donations: Seeds; soil-free mix components (vermiculite, coir/cocopeat, peat moss, perlite); egg cartons; seed starting cells or germination mini-greenhouses; chamomile tea

or

Suggested voluntary donation: $25
Spring, Summer, Fall
Garden-to-Table Tour de Forks
See what's growing in the biointensive veggie garden, 'cause that's what's cooking in the Satoyama Homestead kitchen!  Nibble seasonal fare while learning about multi-season gardening, companion planting, and natural disease, weed, and pest control.
1.5 hrs; afternoon

Suggested in-kind donations: Healthy vegetable seedlings or companion plants; compostable plates, bowls, cups, or utensils; light labor (weeding, turf management)

or

Suggested voluntary donation: $20
Spring, Summer, Fall
No Mo' Lawn Tour
Skip the gym and find out how you can convert a turf lawn to an edible habitat landscape with a little love and elbow grease.  We'll introduce basic hand-tools for turf management, and you'll leave asking why we burn petrol and spray chemicals to maintain uniform green lawns.  Remember, kids: keep off the grass!
2 hrs; morning or afternoon

Suggested in-kind donations: Hand tools; cover crop seeds (ex. clover); light labor (weeding, turf management)

or

Suggested voluntary donation: $15
Spring, Summer, Fall
Poultriculture Egg-stravaganza
Keeping chickens is trendy again!  Learn how to safely raise a flock of egg-laying hens or meat birds (or both), what these birds can contribute to your garden (hint: it rhymes with 'coop'!), and how to get them to lay 'enough for the whole darn crew'.  If fresh, pasture-raised eggs don't tempt you, they also make for adorable garden pest control!
1.5 hrs; morning or afternoon

Suggested in-kind donations: Natural (hormone-/medication-free), in-date layer rations; empty egg cartons

or

Suggested voluntary donation: $10
Summer, Fall
Be Well @ Bis'Ha Medicinal Herb Garden
Take a deep breath in Satoyama Homestead's outdoor pharmacopoeia.  Learn the preventive and healing properties of common plants (and even weeds!), and sample tonics produced on-site.
1.5 hrs; morning or afternoon

Suggested in-kind donations: Cheesecloth; compostables; light labor (weeding, turf management)

or

Suggested voluntary donation: $15
Fall

Satoyama Seed Savers Workshop
Enhance your garden sustainability and autonomy by learning simple techniques for gleaning seeds and saving them for next year's garden.  Make like a squirrel and tuck them away in a cool, dark place until spring!
1.5 hrs; morning or afternoon

Suggested in-kind donations:
Ankle- or knee-high nylon stockings; newspaper; small envelopes; light labor (seed gleaning)

or

Suggested voluntary donation:
$10
Year-round
Edible Landscape PermaculTour
Get to know Satoyama Homestead's bounty of wild and edible perennials, and perhaps taste a few. 
When it comes to weeds, if you can't beat'em, eat'em!
1.5 hrs; afternoon

Suggested in-kind donations: Healthy perennial plant cuttings; light labor (weeding)

or

Suggested voluntary donation: $10
 Year-round
Sneak-a-Peek Habitat Garden Tour
Attention, birders and bug-geeks!  Many fascinating birds, bugs, and woodland creatures call Satoyama Homestead home.  Learn about how our land stewardship practices create safe havens for many forms of life.  Grab the camera and binoc's, and bring your 'library voice'!
2 hrs; morning or afternoon

Suggested in-kind donations: Bird houses or feeders; suet or seeds; sugar (for hummingbird syrup); light labor (weeding, turf management)

or

Suggested voluntary donation: $15
 Year-round
Spiration Spa Horticultural Therapy
Nothing restores balance like getting your hands dirty to care for another life.  Experience the joy of interacting with plants, marvel at the magic of autotrophs, and consider the significance of the number 3.  We'll end the event with a mini-pampering session to get the dirt out from under our nails and shake the dust from our boots.  Great for support groups, social clubs, or as a unique date on couples night!  Leave with a planter of medicinal herbs to keep that healing feeling going long after you've left Satoyama Homestead, and gain a new appreciation for 'the privilege of breath'.
2 hrs; evening

Suggested in-kind donations: Natural potting mix (for edible plants); 6-8" ceramic planter with saucer

or

Suggested voluntary donation: $30
 Year-round
Ikebana Found-Art Floral Arrangement Workshop
Learn the ancient Japanese art of ikebana floral arranging and 'give life to plants.'  Try your hand at ikebana (aka kado) using seasonal materials found on-site at Satoyama Homestead. 
1.5 hrs; morning, afternoon, or evening

Suggested in-kind donations: Floral/craft foam; Spanish moss and other 'vase fillers;' floral wire; floral tape

or

Suggested voluntary donation:
$20
 Year-round
Dawn2Dusk Artists' Retreat
The Muse is up early at Satoyama Homestead!  Start the day at 7am with a seasonal breakfast, then find a spot of inspiration on the homestead.  We'll reconvene for a light lunch at 11:30 and afternoon tea at 4.  Artists are welcome to stay on the homestead until 7pm.  Ask us for local dinner recommendations!
12 hrs; all-day

Suggested in-kind donations: Art supplies; breakfast, lunch, or tea fare to share

or

Suggested voluntary donation: $50
 Year-round
Garden Tool Show-and-Tell
Having the right tool for the right job makes light work.  The Satoyama stewards will present our favorite gardening and turf management hand tools and demonstrate how and why we use them.  Bring your own tools for the show and tell!
1.5 hrs; morning or afternoon

Suggested in-kind donations:
Hand tools; light labor (tool cleaning and sharpening)

or

Suggested voluntary donation: $10
Year-round
Get Prep'd Emergency Kit Build-a-palooza
Ice storms, tornadoes, and hurricanes, oh my!  Pennsylvania is a beautiful place to live, but Mother Nature occasionally throws us a curve ball.  Be prepared to weather the storm with an Emergency Preparedness Plan and Kit.  Grab the neighbors to cultivate a community of resilience and mutual aid!
Material fee applies.

2 hrs; morning, afternoon or evening

Suggested in-kind donations: Air-tight plastic totes (such as clean 5-gallon buckets with lids); non-perishable in-date food items; first aid materials and toiletries; flash lights; batteries; candles; waterproof matches; bottled water or water receptacles; toilet paper; wet wipes; sewing kits; duct tape; dust masks; plastic garbage bags; resealable storage bags; disinfectant; or other appropriate materials

or

Suggested voluntary donation: $30
 Year-round
Hammin' It ARRL-Style
Ham is not just for pig shares!  Where would you be without Internet access? How about without cell phone service? When all else fails, ham radio operators are ready to support emergency communication. Learn the secrets of amateur radio operation from licensed operators, including an electrical engineer and experienced teacher. Get information on licensing, leave with a helpful handout, and find others in your community interested in wireless communication. Becoming a ham is a rewarding experience, and is surprisingly easy.
Are you a licensed operator interested in adminstering Technician License exams in the greater ChesCo PA area?  Contact us!
1.5 hrs; morning, afternoon or evening

Suggested in-kind donations: Radio operating manuals; license exam test prep materials; unused radio gear; light labor (ex. tidying up Will's relay shack)

or

Suggested voluntary donation: $15

 Year-round
Sassafras Grove 'Glamping' Campsite
Our private glamour-camping site is the premier tent-camping site in the greater Lancaster area!  Site is complete with mulched beds for pitching tents, private berry bramble-lined woodland trails, and a fire ring with grill.  Take a self-guided tour of the homestead and edible landscape as our interpretive map and found-material signs show you the way.  Enjoy sleeping under the stars at Satoyama Homestead, just minutes from the Chester, Berks and Lancaster Co. highlights. 

No gear?  Bad weather?  No problem!  A Sassafras Grove camping reservation includes access to all of our personal camping gear, furnished den with woodstove, indoor flush toilet and hot shower.  For a little extra love, we'll even pitch your tent for you!

How can we make the glamping experience even better?  Ask for the Rise & Shine option to add a hot seasonal breakfast to one or all of your mornings.
Schedule by mutual agreement.

Suggested in-kind donations: Firewood (please observe wood quarantines and wildland fire conditions for Chester County); light labor (fire pit clean-out, trail maintenance, wood splitting, gathering kindling)

or

Suggested voluntary donation:
$35+ / night
Rise & Shine: +$10 / morning
 Year-round
Private Events
Want to schedule one of the Satoyama Presents! events for a closed group, use the homestead for a photo shoot, or have another idea for a private event?  We'll work with you to make it happen.
 Schedule by mutual agreement.

Compensation negotiable and event-dependent.